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How do I start a podcast?

How do I start a podcast has to be one of the most common asked questions. It is pretty simple actually, and there are a wealth of great informative sites on the subject. I will just add my two centavos in here however, just to be able to say I did.

Starting a podcast in this year would be a bit different from how things looked back about 10 years ago when the Internet was younger and less crowded. Podcasts and Youtube were still considered ground breakers and you could get a little traction on those sites where you might get overlooked as a blogger.

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It sure didn’t hurt to be a blogger AND podcaster AND Youtuber back then. It still doesn’t but you do have to work a lot harder now to get noticed. 500 hours are uploaded to YT every minute!

But back to my question at hand. How do you start a podcast today?

If I were going to start one today, I would look into apps that make it easier. I use Mobile Podcaster for my flyby shows. It can be done on the “fly”, uploaded to your WordPress blog, and edited, and published really easily.

I believe that as Youtube changes its algorithm and makes video uploads and content more financially beneficial to them, you will see that video will not be the main go to for small content creators. Audio is easier, and has smaller files so uploading is quicker.

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I am considering going to an all audio format for Writer Groupie because that truly is the preferred way for most writers to be interviewed. Most do not like to have their countenances portrayed on YT and across the web.

But if you want to start a podcast, and you have any questions, drop me a line. I am happy to help.

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Writing Guru: Thought generation- why and how?

What or why and how do we come by thought generation and what does it become?

Welcome to another episode of my podcast. This time we’re talking about how you get from the thought to the creation of an idea and what might be stopping you. Be sure to subscribe and like us on our social media sites, especially YOUTUBE.

What do you create from the thoughts that you think?

Or maybe I should ask WHY do you create from a thought that you have and more importantly, how does it get from a thought into a creation?

Well, button up, Buttercup, we’re going to take a deep dive into the mind of a creative entrepreneur.

Creation happens when we are thinking, because well, we are always thinking. Our brains process experiential input and this process, or thinking, is how we examine our world.

Or maybe it’s just our perception of the world.

Either way, it’s the creative engine doing its thing and how we can get juiced for turning a thought into something creative. Here’s a more simple explanation:

You see a squirrel. You perceive it with your eyes and maybe ears as you hear it chatter. Then an idea strikes on how you could build it a feeder so it doesn’t have to eat acorns off the ground.
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Do you see how our perceptions  went from that into thoughts and then into a creative flow?

So, how can we be influenced by our world, especially the digital one?

It’s ever evolving, y’all. Marketers constantly barrage us with techniques (some so overt, we don’t even know it) – to get us to buy. Some through colors. Some through sounds, but most through imagery that is so lifelike, it triggers the same or similar response in us to it as what we would have reacted to actual real life subjects.

Research color psychology.

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But I digress…

Color psychology is pretty amazing when you think how we are trained by it and most of us don’t even know! Can anyone say, thought generation?

While on the subject of thoughts…why do we criticize ourselves? Why don’t we believe what we think we believe? How many times have you rejected your own thoughts about something today – just today- believing instead that you are incorrect or maybe even SILLY for thinking it?

Why do we self-censor?

And how can we stop because it is definitely not good for creativity, and we always stop a process to analyze what others may think about it or how it will be received. (enter a book idea here)

That kind of behavior is counter-intuitive for what we are trying to accomplish as creators. It comes from years of being rewarded for being right (doing right) and being punished for wrong behaviors or beliefs ACCORDING TO SOMEONE ELSE. This happened regardless as to if the criticism was deserved or not usually.

So, the answer my friend is blowing in the wind…the answer is…STOP LISTENING TO THE CRITICS! Your personal thought generation doesn’t need them!

I know we all like positive reinforcement and we all like praise. But when you quit seeking it above your own desire to create, you will complete more projects. That’s because you no longer care about the yays and thereby the nays.

There is a whole comparison on the audio above about how we look at reviews and what others think, but my fingers are tired of typing. Go have a listen and see if you agree with what I say. And feel free to leave a comment, at any time. I also would love it if you would subscribe to the newsletter or the podcast on YOUTUBE.

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WGP-Ep. 83-Talking Heads-Beach Reads-What are they?

So, here we are. Another conversation. This time we are discussing beach reads. Bill and I have differing ideas, but basically, a beach read is whatever a reader wants to make of it. Mostly it is a good book that you take on vacation. Bill takes the side of beach reads being small, insignificant reads that we can put down at any time. I take the side of big reads, an investment of your time. Usually a WOMEN’S FICTION – see this interview.

We also talk about e-readers and how people get their beach reads. And whether one type is better than another.

Check out this great conversation (argument) about beach reads and what they can be, or not.

Beach reads are on our minds – tell us your thoughts!

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Writer Groupie Flyby On Social Media Content Calendars

Welcome to another episode of my podcast. Today I am discussing social media content calendars and how far behind I am on my year. Look for a chance to get a social media content calendar coming soon *you will have to sign up for the podcast though* evil grin!

Welcome to another episode of my podcast.

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OVERTHINKING

Hey, everybody and welcome to another edition of Writer Groupie. Hi, I’m Kim and throughout most of my life thinking random and various thoughts the way I do has helped me to develop as a writer. That “what if” factor that everyone always tells you about. And yes, I just made air quotes around “what if”.

Sorry that I am not doing video so that you can see it. But I digress.

This deep thinking for most or all of us is a part of the human process.  Sometimes that deep thought thing can get us into trouble. We begin to act upon some of them, and that well, that can be a bad thing. But for the most part, we think about random things all the time such as what will I wear, what will I eat, who will I do something with tonight, why did my boss just roll his eyes at me, and so on and on.

When the thinking process becomes troublesome, well, that my dear ones is when thinking becomes OVERTHINKING.

This can also happen to a writer in big and uncomfortable ways.

For instance, if you are a writer, have you ever thought, wow, wonder what my character will do if they must endure this ____ (yes, again with the air quotes) ___and then as you play it out in your mind you get off on a tangent? When I wrote the scene in my first Shannon Wallace mystery about sending her to a funeral, I had to walk all the way through it mentally first. It was hard you see because recently I had been to several funerals and they were painful experiences personally. Before the end of my thoughts about my character I began reliving my own experiences and it was not pleasant. I almost didn’t write that scene. But when I realized that I was overthinking about it, and stepped away from it for a while the writing went a lot better.

So, my word to you is: if writing starts with thinking and thinking leads to re-enacting then it might be better to leave that writing for another day.

Another way we overthink our writing is when we write a scene that is completely filled with exact details or minutiae that is unnecessary. I will give you an example.

IN the scene the character wakes up, gets out of bed, goes to the bathroom, pulls on clothes, go to the kitchen, starts a pot of coffee and sits down to write out a check to the landlord. It might go like this:

She rolled over and stared at her house shoes lying on the floor, it would be a small thing to just slide into them. She slides into them. She stood straight and stretched before walking into the small bathroom just off the bedroom to splash water on her face. Then she strolled into the kitchen to turn on the ancient coffeepot. While it gurgled to life, she sat at her roll-top desk, pulled out a pen and her checkbook and wrote out that delinquent check to old Mr. Tom, the landlord.

Now-there is nothing wrong with that paragraph, technically, well okay maybe some grammar issues as it was not edited, but I mean you could write it that way. I think you could be a whole lot better with it though since I really overthought what my mind was seeing, and just say:

She slid into her house shoes, went into the bathroom, splashed water on her face, started coffee, and wrote out the check to the landlord, Mr. Tom.

And by the way, since we are overthinking this bit, why is he old Mr. Tom? Why did she have to think about sliding into her shoes? Yes, you can totally see what I mean. But that is exactly it. Overthinking. It can be a bad thing. But it can be a good thing. Especially if you are about to be a speaker at a writing event such as what I am doing today. You have to plan out what you will say. You should analyze it for a long time so that you do not totally go up in front of a captive audience and embarrass yourself.

Which is what I am going to do in just a few moments. Thank you for listening to my quickie flyby episode today. I am working on getting this podcast back on its feet soon and we may begin doing google hangouts instead of one on ones. I know that thrills your souls. Hang on groupies, I will be back soon with more good stuff.

 

Books Clubs And Why I Want To Join One

Welcome to another episode of my podcast.

 

Books Clubs And Why I Want To Join One

Yesterday, I sat in on my first gathering of a book club.  It was so much fun, I want to join one. That is a common feeling for a reader, who loves books and just wants to read and talk about what was read. These ladies (and yes, it was all ladies) really liked the book that had been read, and the author was present, so they got a good chance to ask her questions about the book that they wanted answered. The author was delightful and well, you should know, she is a friend of mine, and a fine author. NO wonder they loved her book. I love her books too.

Now for those of you asking, this is what a book club is and what they do:

A book club is a reading group that chooses a book to read once a month and then they get together and discuss it. IF they are lucky, like the case I am telling you about here, they have the author in and get to learn more deeply about the writing of the book, what inspired the author and what she felt when she wrote certain scenes.

I only aspire to this height. I haven’t yet been the subject of a book club gathering, but I hope to one day. I love readers. Heck, I am one! I think that reading groups and book clubs are just the bees knees.

You can find them all on the internet if you are not able to get to a library. I think getting together with a face to face group would be just super fun though. Libraries and community centers usually have something along these lines, so check all the possible places. And like I said, if you cannot find anything local, then look online. There are many online, I know because I just went out and looked into it. I am seriously considering joining one, just because I love to read so much.

Well, maybe that’s a job for another month, though. I just got two of the author’s books at the meeting yesterday, so I am full of new books to read right now. In fact, my to-be-read pile is about to topple over.

One of the final and wonderful things that the moderator said yesterday was for the readers to be sure to go out and rate and review the book for the author. I was so pleased to hear that. Authors need ratings and reviews to keep them on top of their game. I received a bad review one time. It really hurt my feelings, but I have since learned that you won’t always hit the mark with every reader. It’s cool. They don’t mean any harm by telling you that you fell short of the mark. That bad review should make you good and mad, so you go out and do better. I know it affected me that way.

And good reviews? Oh my. Those make an author’s heart sing, and sends us right back into that writing chair to turn out another book. Good reviews are as addicting as a drug that is only taken once and is sought after with a vengeance every day thereafter.

Well, I guess, that’s about all I had to talk about this time.

I am going to be working on my next book soon, and no not through Nano. I don’t guess I will ever do Nano again. Nano is short for Nanowrimo or National Novel Writing Month and it is all in November. I have done it many years, but nah…not this one.  But I still need some encouragement to finish this book I’m writing, so please remember to pat me on the back once in a while. It’s so hard to make myself sit down and write these days. I find avoiding the writing chair a very easy feat and that’s only because basically I am lazy, but also, well, since my hubby died, I just don’t have much inspiration or motivation aside from normal life things. I think I need a book club. It would get my lazy butt moving in the right direction.

What do you think?

WGPodcast: Are Websites Necessary

Writer Groupie Podcast brings you discussions, insights, and insider details on planning, producing, promoting, and profiting as a writer.

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Good day, Writer Groupies! I am doing a flyby episode today in hopes that I am going to slowly get back to my podcast schedule. I think most of you know that my hubby is my producer and he has been in the hospital and unable to help me out for some time now.

At any rate, he will be able to direct me to do the production work soon, so we can get back to business! If you are a former guest, or one that I have had to cancel, I will be in touch to reschedule soon!

Today, I want to discuss a subject that is subjective, depending on what your preferences are, and I am certainly NOT trying to sway you one way or another. But, it’s about websites for authors and whether we still need them or not, and whether what we put on one is complex or simple.

What got me on the subject today was seeing a nice book cover on Facebook and following the links to see the book on Amazon-you know me, I love good book covers – and if you need one designed will be happy to do that for you- but I digress.

This book, a romance, was ranking on Amazon moderately, and I wanted to know more about the author. I always think about possible podcast guests. So, I tried and tried to find the author’s website. And there is not one. The author is exclusively on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.

This made me sit back on my heels a little.

Are websites now no longer needed for an author?  Do we as consumers no longer desire to see the author’s creds and other items? This author only had the one book so maybe she will get a site up once she gets another one ready to go. I also tried to hunt down her publishing company and found nothing that matched exactly so suspect that she is using her own publishing information as I do with MKS Books. This is a common thing with indies.

But I have heard more than once that you should have a website, even a one page site. It’s just the norm. But I am seeing more and more indies going to a social media experience for their platform. I think in a way, that is an okay thing to do. I mean, where did I find this author? On Facebook!

So, it bears repeating…are websites going by the wayside? I find myself going less and less to sites for my information gathering…even of big companies. Now, yes, we all shop online and those sites are frequented quite heavily. But for an author? Or a book? Is it possible now to do away with a website?

When I visited the sites of two of my favorite authors, I found sites filled with info about their book tours and covers and links to their books (current books being sold—not really backlist) and nothing else. I suspect these NYT bestsellers are far too busy out in the world promoting to be worrying with blogging or any of that and likely have author assistants who do their sites.

But, if you have a site…what is necessary? For a long time, it was simply a placeholder for your image and bio and book covers and links. Then sites went the way of blogs and everyone felt the need to post blog posts daily or so…but I am seeing a whole lot of defunct blogs now because we are all very, very busy people and don’t have time to write out a long tirade. And even less time to read one. So, I think it is safe to say that blogging at least on a website is really sort of a dead thing.

And if the authors that I visited are any indication, sites may be going back to the placeholder days.

Either way, a website is in my opinion, an expense that an author just getting started could do without. I think they may well get more mileage from social media places. Eventually as they publish more and more books they will want a site.

What do you think?

Please feel free to comment. I would love to hear what you think.

Thanks for listening! You can find show notes, contact form, and more at http://www.writergroupie.net

You can find out more about Kim Smith at http://www.kimsmithauthor.net

Episode 75 – Lori Roberts, author and living historian

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Lori Roberts is an author, educator, historian and presenter for historical events and workshops. Lori has been an educator for more than twenty years, currently teaching United States History at the Middle School level.

Lori as a living historian, often portrays Mrs. Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, wife of Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson.

She has spoken at Civil War events in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Virginia. As a presenter, Lori has given first-person programs to the Southern Indiana Education Center/Living History Fellowship Grant, Journey Through the Hallowed Ground Conference, George Mason University. Lori was a 2011 nominee for the Guilder Lehrman Social Studies Teacher of the Year.

Lori has a passion for history, and bringing history to life for her audience. Bringing characters to life through historical interpretation is one method Lori uses to engage her students in the classroom.

Lori and I chat via audio podcast only for this show and you can see what books she has below.

Links to books (click on cover to be magically transported to purchase)

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In this episode with Lori Roberts, we discuss:

SHOW NOTES

  • Her journey as a writer and living historian
  • How she can begin another book even in the midst of the current one
  • What she did about writing during Nanowrimo this year
  • How being a teacher has influenced what she writes and how sometimes hinders her writing
  • Discussion about free-writing and if an author can or should do it
  • Why she chose the Civil War era and if it was related to a familial connection
  • How Gone with the Wind influenced her decision about the era to write in
  • If she might write in another era-say, medival history
  • Insider details about how research has played a part in her writing life
  • Insights on how current opinion has affected writing historical fiction esp. in the CW era
  • AND SO MUCH MORE! INCLUDING HER ADVICE FOR ASPIRING AUTHORS

    PODCAST LINK

    You can find Lori Roberts online at:

    LINKS

    Website : http://www.stonewallswife.com
    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/lori.crecelius.roberts
    Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Lori-Roberts/e/B0089A94EG

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Episode 72 Kathryn Sullivan, YA Sci-fi and Fantasy

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This week, Kathryn comes back on WGP to discuss her experiences as an orphaned author and how it wasn’t necessarily the end of her writing world.

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Kathryn Sullivan was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Berkeley, Illinois, where she started writing her first stories. Kathryn now lives in Winona, MN, where the river bluffs along the Mississippi River double as cliffsides on alien planets or the deep mysterious forests in a magical world.

Her first published novel was The Crystal Throne, which won the 2002 EPPIE for Best Fantasy, and its sequel, Talking to Trees, was a finalist for a Dream Realm Award for Best Young Adult. Her short story collection, Agents & Adepts, won the 2003 Dream Realm Award for Best Anthology. Her children’s picture book, Michael & the Elf, has been reprinted by Guardian Angel Publishing.

A Chick who has dug Time Lords for many years, she has an essay, “The Fanzine Factor”, in the Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and a review in Outside In: 160 New Perspectives on 160 Doctor Who stories by 160 writers.

Her recent works are short stories “Search and Rescue” and “The Oracle of Cilens” (Amazon) as well as “The Taste of Treasure” in Clockwork Spells and Magical Bells, and “The Theft of the Royal Jewels” in the pirate anthology A Tall Ship, A Star and Plunder (Dark Oak Press).

She also has a review in Outside In Boldly Goes: 117 New Perspectives on 117 Classic Star Trek Stories By 117 Writers. She is a proud member of Broad Universe and EPIC. Any birdlike beings in her books only slightly resemble her cockatoo owner.

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In this episode with Kathryn Sullivan, we discuss:

SHOW NOTES

  • The changes that have taken place in Kathy’s writing life since last we met at Imaginarium. Link to previous interview HERE where she was my 40th interview on WGP
  • Her Eppie nomination on Search and Rescue and how she went with self publishing it
  • How many books and stories she had with Amber Quill Press (her former publisher)
  • Insider details about small publishing woes including when they go out of business etc. and Kathy’s advice on what to do
  • How networking with others can be of help to orphaned authors
  • Why spreading your work out among more than one small press is smart
  • Why waiting for a little while after losing one’s publisher before looking for a new one might be a good plan for some
  • How Kathy shopped around for other publishers
  • What to tell your prospective publisher about repub and genre
  • What authors are faced with so far as promo and cover art etc. when losing a publisher
  • AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!!!!

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    Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

    You can find Kathryn Sullivan online at:

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    Facebook: Kathryn Sullivan, author
    Website: Kathryn Sullivan, author website
    Amazon page
    : Kathryn Sullivan, author page at Amazon

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    Episode 71 S.C. Hall, Book Critic and Book Reviews

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    INTERVIEW WITH S.C. HALL
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    Since the age of 11, S. C. Hall has been in the world of writing. Throughout the years his mediums of word form have steadily evolved. From poetry to articles, then to short stories and critic work. When asked why he writes He simply replies, “To stay sane,” due to his struggles with bipolar/depression. He uses writing as an outlet to help process his depression. This is evident in his first project titled “You Are Not Alone,” which will be a collection of short stories all focused on the reality of what it is to live with depression.
    When not writing he is killing Zombies and other forms of gaming enemies. He also enjoys the cinema and building or refurbishing furniture.

    To get any of the books we discuss in this interview simply click the cover!

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    In this episode we learn:

    Show Notes

    • Who S.C. Hall is and what he does as a book critic
    • The difference between a book critic and a reviewer
    • How the process of book critic works and how S.C. Hall manages his time with a book
    • What specific things he looks at when critiquing a book and how a book critic is something like an editor
    • Whether an avid reader could consider themself a book critic
    • Info on book reviews and how Mr. Hall handles those (see links below)
    • We learn about his work with Hydra Publications and other small presses and how he promotes them as clients.
    • He defines his work ethic and whether he works with indie authors or not.
    • How he keeps bias out of his opinions
    • Why bringing something new to a genre is always a great way to interest a reviewer/critic
    • Insider details about Hall’s collection of short stories and how he hopes it helps the community of people who suffer from mental health issues.
    • and his BEST advice for aspiring authors!

      Listen to my writing news info, personal update, and the AUDIO ONLY version of the interview here:

      You can find S.C. Hall online at:

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      Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dragoncritic
      Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/s.c.hallwriting
      Twitter: @SCHallWriting
      Email: s.c.hallwriting@gmail.com
      Blog: https://www.dragoncritic.blogspot.com and https://schallwriting.blogspot.com

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